I love breakfast. Seriously, I could probably eat it for every meal of the day. Vegan breakfast in Ann Arbor broke my heart this past weekend, and I am about to take the rejection no longer.
It’s not like I didn’t give it a real shot-I went in to both Afternoon Delight and Broken Egg to find that my options were pretty limited. All I have to say is thank goodness that coffee is vegan, or it would have been a breakfast of toast…and more toast. Afternoon Delight at least offered bagels, though bagels without cream cheese (or in my case Tofutti) is a sad state of affairs. Their wheat toast was good, but nothing to really rave about. I did appreciate that I was able to get soymilk with my coffee, and that the jam on the table came sans High Fructose Corn Syrup. Overall, it was as good as it could be for being toast and coffee. Gotta say…this may have been the first time I could’ve gone for an omlette since going vegan.
I thought that Afternoon Delight was bad…and then I went to the Broken Egg. I knew going in that my choices were probably dismal, but when I sheepishly asked the waitress what they had for a vegan (sometimes I feel this shame that I am in the wrong for even asking if they have dishes without dairy), she was more off-putting than any waitress I have had thus far. Her response? “I don’t even know what that is, I’m not a vegan.” Okay it doesn’t sound that sassy now…but it was all about the tone. She basically gave me my option of toast or…toast.
So I chose toast. It ended up that the hashbrowns were butter free, but she neglected to mention that until I asked (ex post facto of course). The next greasy diner foul (mind you I enjoy a greasy diner as much as the next person) was when my coffee mug became empty. Petpeevepetpeevepetpeeve. All you have without dairy is toast and coffee, at least do that right.
I forgot about Seva from a few weeks ago! In the past, Seva has bored the shit out of me. It was usually bland and definitely paled in comparison to my Ann Arbor favorites. Lucky for me, this time around was a great improvement. I had a tofu veggie wild rice scramble (not breakfast per se) that came with grapes. It was light and flavorful. Maybe I’m mildly biased now that my options are more limited…but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
Keeping that in mind, the newest ranking:
1) Jolly Pumpkin
3) Cafe Zola
4) Grizzly Peak
5) Afternoon Delight
6) Broken Egg